Measure for a Garage Door in 5 Steps

So, you’ve decided to replace your garage door. Replacing your home’s garage door can add curb appeal and value to your home immediately after the work is done. The first thing you need to do is measure where your new door will go. With these easy steps, you will get accurate measurements and feel confident that you’re providing the right size and getting the right quote for your new door.

1. Measure Width.

Measure the width of the garage door (horizontal length, left to right). Use a tape measure to get the measurement from the inside of one reveal to the other side. Do you see any irregularities such as an unleveled side? Note those irregularities. Consider measuring from different points of the garage to make sure you are getting an accurate measurement.

2. Measure Height.

Measure the height (up and down) of the door at the highest point to the lowest point. This is the space between the floor and the top of the finished opening. Look for irregularities, such as uneven floor. Be sure to take note of these irregularities.

3. Measure Side Room.

Measure the width of the areas beside the openings of the garage door. This is the space to the left and right side of the door. Are there any wires in the way? Be sure to note any barriers that could get in the way of installation. These notes will make the installation easier.

4. Measure Headroom.

The area between the top of the door opening and the ceiling is called the headroom. This is the distance from the garage door wall opening to the back or rear wall of the garage door. Depending on the type of garage door you go with, it might need larger headroom. Some wood garage doors might require 18″ headroom.

5. Measure Ceiling.

Measure the distance from the opening of the garage door to the rear of the garage or nearest wall. Note any irregularities or obstructions.

Consider measuring at a few different spots a few times. Once you get the same numbers a few times in a row, you can feel self-assured that the numbers you’ve recorded are accurate.

Helpful Tip: Provide measurements to the closest fraction of an inch.

The above steps will help you determine what size your garage door opening is, but if you need assistance or want Overhead Door to verify your measurements we are here to help! Our professional team is more than willing to assist in this and your other garage door needs.
Call us at 620-275-4602.